Phalaenopsis orchids are a great choice for new orchid owners as well as seasoned orchid owners. They are known for being resilient plants that are easy to grow in homes and offices throughout the United States.
What environment is best for my orchid?
Phalaenopsis orchids survive quite well in the same temperatures that humans enjoy. Their optimal temperature range is from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Orchids crave sunlight, but direct sunlight will burn the leaves of the Phalaenopsis orchid. Be careful not to place orchids near vents or near an open window as they do not do well with blasts of cold or warm air.
Orchids are tropical plants, and being such they require a bit of humidity in order to thrive. Humidity levels should be between 55% and 75% at all times. This is especially important during the winter months when the air is dry and heating systems are running. Humidity levels can be raised by running a humidifier near where the orchid is placed.
How can I trigger new flower spikes to generate?
After the flowers have bloomed, you have the choice of cutting the flower spike back to a node. This process may encourage new flower spikes to be generated. You can also leave the flower spike as it is and wait to see if another bud appears from the end of the spike. Another option is to snip the entire flower spike about one inch from the base of the plant. Doing so will give the orchid the opportunity to grow stronger and produce a new flower spike at a later time.
Orchids need three ice cubes each week for proper watering. Be sure that the ice cubes are not touching the crown of the plant.
With a little care, anyone can grow a Phalaenopsis orchid!